7-Night Cornwall Members' Guided Walking Holiday

South West Coast Path2.jpg
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £809pp £525pp

Blessed with breathtakingly beautiful beaches, Cornwall has more miles of coastline and more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in England. On a Guided Walking holiday at St Ives you'll discover the fantastic coastal path in all glory, from hidden coves to rugged headlands.

Holiday Highlights

  • Our guided walks will take you to rugged granite headlands and glorious sandy beaches
  • Also exploring off the beaten track to peaceful corners, hidden coves and sleepy fishing villages
  • Let our leaders bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Enjoy evenings in Chy Morvah where you can share a drink and re-live the days adventures

What’s included

  • Best Prices: Members' Breaks are offered at a specially discounted price exclusively for HF Members
  • Great Value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation at our country house
  • Sociability: as the breaks are Members only, this gives Members a great opportunity to meet and share stories

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

Download Trip Notes

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Carbis Bay

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 950 feet (300m) 

In Summary: A circular walk taking us from St Ives to Knill’s Monument and the promontory of Carrick Gladden, before following the coast path to Carbis Bay and back into St Ives.

Highlight: There's plenty of time to relax and enjoy the many delights of St Ives. Enjoy wandering through the narrow streets, exploring the harbour, or relaxing with a mug of hot coffee.

Option 2 - Lelant & Carbis Bay

Distance:  miles (12km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)

In Summary: Head up to Knill’s Monument, then drop down to join the coast near Lelant church. We follow the coastal path back to St Ives, passing through the dunes beside Porthkidney Sands, Carrick Gladden and Carbis Bay.

Highlight: Enjoy glorious views over St Ives Bay from Knill's Monument. Look out for the Baulking House, once used by Cornish pilchard fishermen.

Option 3 - Knill's Monument, Lelant and Carbis Bay

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,400 feet (420m) 

In Summary: For guests on a 7 night holiday this walk will be a repeat from earlier in the week, we will walk the route in reverse for alternative views and perspective. Head up to Knill’s Monument, then over fields to Lelant via Trencrom Hill. We follow the coast path beside the Hayle Estuary and through dunes overlooking Porthkidney Sands and Carbis Bay before arriving back at St Ives.

Highlight: Stunning views from the top of the iron-age hill fort of Trencrom Hill, including the south coast and St Michael’s Mount. 

To note when choosing your walk:  There are steep, rocky sections on the coast path especially around Carrack Gladden.


Option 1 - Higher Kenneggy to Marazion

Distance: 5½ miles (8½km)

Ascent: 800 feet (260m)

In Summary: Starting from Higher Kenneggy, we take an undulating coastal path to Marazion, with a views of St Michael's Mount.

Highlight: Walk along the Cornish coast and finish in the village Marazion where there will be views of the spectacular island of St Michael's Mount.

Option 2 - Around Mounts Bay

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m) 

In Summary Starting at the beach of Praa Sands on the west side of the Lizard peninsula, we take the undulating Coast Path to Prussia Cove and Perranuthnoe, with stunning views of St Michael’s Mount.

Highlight: St Michael's Mount is in view for much of the day.

Option 3 - Rinsey Head to Marazion

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary: From the mine buildings of Wheal Prosper at Rinsey Head, we join the Coast Path to the mile long beach of Praa Sands, and then on to the historic town of Marazion via Prussia Cove and Perranuthnoe.

Highlight: Enjoy glorious sea views throughout as we walk through the rich flora of the South Cornwall coast.


Discover more about Chy Morvah and the local area for ideas on how to fill your free day.


Option 1 - St Just to Land's End

Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In Summary: Walk from the mining village of St Just across the fields and lanes of the Cot Valley, before joining the Coast Path to reach the old fishing village of Sennen Cove. The final section leads us over the granite cliffs to Land’s End. 

Highlight: The cliff-top walk from Sennen Cove to Land's End is particularly impressive, with a real sense of achievement as you reach this iconic spot.

Option 2 - Botallack to Land's End

Distance: 8 miles (12.5km)

Ascent: 1,600 feet (500m)

In Summary: Follow the South West Coast Path from the famous Crown Mines at Botallack to Cape Cornwall. Then on past Ballowall Barrow, a Bronze Age burial chamber,  to Sennen Cove and Land’s End. 

Highlight: Discover Cornwall's rich history of tin mining, now recognised as a World Heritage Site. Look out for the abandoned engine houses perched just above the sea at Botallack.

Option 3 - Geevor Mine to Land's End

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,900 feet (580m)

In Summary: Walk from Geevor to Levant Mine and Botallack, with lots of historical interest. We then follow a stunning section of the South West Coast Path, all the way to Land’s End.

Highlight: This is coastal walking at its best; an opportunity to stride out and soak up the sea views. A celebratory pint at Land's End is well deserved after a great day with many ups and downs.


Option 1 - Clodgy Point

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: From St Ives we walk out along the 18th century packhorse route of the Tinner’s Way through a prehistoric field system to reach Pen Enys Point. We then return along the superb coast path.

Highlight: There's plenty of time to relax and enjoy the many delights of St Ives at the end of this walk. Enjoy wandering through the narrow streets, perhaps visit the Tate Gallery, or take a boat trip to Seal Island. 

To note when choosing your walk:  The coastal path we follow on our return to St Ives can be rough and rocky.

Option 2 - Mussel Point and River Cove

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)

In Summary: The inland section of the walk crosses prehistoric fields, passing the hamlets of Trevega, Boscubben and Treveal. We reach the coast at Mussel Point then follow the undulating rugged path over the cliffs and headlands back to St Ives.

Highlight: Look out for seals at River Cove, and later enjoy a well-deserved ice cream by Porthmeor beach when you arrive back in St Ives.

Option 3 - Zennor to St Ives

Distance: 11½  miles (18km)

Ascent: 1,800 feet (560m)

In Summary: Follow the Tinners’ Way from St Ives, heading through the fields to the picturesque village of Zennor with its medieval church and Tinners Arms pub.  We return along the rugged coastal path to St Ives past dramatic rocky headlands, hidden coves, and sweeping sea views.

Highlight: With luck you'll see seals, plenty of seabirds, and maybe even dolphins and basking sharks.


Option 1 - Across Loe Bar

Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 800 feet (260m)

In Summary: Follow the South Cornwall Coast Path from Poldhu Cove over Halzephron Cliffs then across the sands of Loe Bar to finish at the fishing harbour of Porthleven.

Highlight: Stop at Church Cove with its tiny church surrounded by sand.

Option 2 - Mullion to Helston

Distance: 8½  miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In Summary: Walk from Mullion past the Marconi Monument above Poldhu Cove, then on along the cliffs to the sands of Loe Bar. Here we head inland around the freshwater lake of Loe Pool, through the Penrose Estate to the market town of Helston. 

Highlight: Look out for a wide range of birdlife as you walk atop the cliffs, then explore Loe Pool.

Option 3 - Mullion Cove to Helston

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Ascent: 900 feet (280m) 

In Summary: Take in the scenery as you walk from Mullion Cove to the market town of Helston. 

Highlight: Head towards Gunwalloe Fishing Cove where the beach is usually covered in pebbles from off-shore chalk deposits.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Chy Morvah

Sea, sand and (hopefully) sun await at Cornwall’s Chy Morvah. This coastal bolthole, whose name means ‘House by the Sea’ in Cornish, basks in the famously lovely light of this artist-retreat town on the north coast of one of England’s most desirable holiday destinations. Those artists may have come to paint the sea and sky but you can simply admire it from the house’s privileged position. The building has been designed to maximise the effect of its elevated location, with stunning sea views and vistas of sandy beaches, while the bustling harbour and array of cafés and artists galleries are just a short cobbled street walk away. As well as 38 bedrooms, there is a large main lounge with panoramic views across St Ives Bay and a dining room that boasts similar mouth-watering views. To keep you entertained there’s a garden in which to enjoy the hazy pinky glow that falls on this seaside sanctuary every evening. Beyond the house, the Cornish Coast is the gateway to exploring the area, with easy access to St Michael’s Mount, the pretty fishing village of Mousehole, the beaches and cliffs of north Cornwall and the rugged cliffs of Land’s End. There’s even the option of an evening adventure to the Minack Theatre

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

We are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas. You must wear a face covering by law in public areas in hotels in Scotland. This is mandatory in public spaces; however, face coverings will not be required whilst eating and drinking in the restaurant and bar areas or whilst you are outside our houses. In Wales face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

Join our team after dinner on Wednesday evenings for the HF Big Pub Quiz. There will be one other evening of entertainment at the start of the week, which will vary depending on the country house that you are staying at. Our Walk Leaders will also be on hand in the bar or lounge for individual or small group walks talks briefings, which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options and ask any questions. Swimming pools will be operated in line with maximum capacities.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the adjacent Lanyons House. With 38 bright and airy bedrooms, Chy Morvah has plenty of space and there’s a range of Classic and Premium Rooms to choose from. Simply but smartly furnished they let the view through the window do the talking.

All ‘Classic' rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium' Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, attractive gardens with sea views, heated outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day strolling the coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the pretty gardens beneath the large mature trees and looking out over the sea. Take a turn in the heated outdoor pool if you still have the energy, or simply relax on the sundeck adjacent to it. Indoors, kick back in one of the lounges. The small bar with its seaside paraphernalia is well-stocked and welcoming while light floods the dining room through panoramic windows.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Food at Chy Morvah is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Chy Morvah

10675_0051 - Chy Morvah - Garden

Getting to Chy Morvah

Find out more about this location including travel details and room types.

More Information

Essential Information

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

For 2022 departures, please note we are in the process of integrating a new booking system and you may notice some unusual pricing information displayed for a short while as we complete the work. Your patience is appreciated.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2022
05 Nov - 12 Nov 2022
7 Members' Guided Walking Break £809 £525 Save £284 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
2

7 nights from £809pp £525pp

...or call 020 3974 8865

For group bookings of 10+ people click here

Add to wishlist Added to wishlist